Monday, March 21, 2011

Guest Blogger Mondays....Shrimp Scampi Florentine by Debby



Thanks to Debby for offering to be our very first guest blogger. We are excited to have have her add to our blog of delicious family recipes.

About Debby: I am a working mother of 2. I love to cook and try to cook quick, easy meals when possible, but good meals. I love pasta dishes and chicken dishes...I want to learn more seafood/fish recipes. Love to BBQ in the summer.

Shrimp Scampi Florentine


1/3 cup butter **
1/3 cup olive oil **
2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto (such as Classico ™)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 large plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
black pepper to taste
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cups fresh spinach, rinsed and stemmed
1 lb pasta -- penne, ziti or rigatoni

** You can opt to make this healthier by substituting some butter or oil with chicken stock and/or White Wine


Boil water for pasta. While boiling, prepare other ingredients. Combine the butter and the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in pesto, garlic, and tomatoes, and simmer until the tomatoes start to soften, about 2 minutes. Season with red pepper flakes and black pepper to taste. Stir the shrimp into the sauce, and cook just until they turn pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the spinach, and stir until wilted, about 1 minute. When pasta is done cooking, drain, set aside. Stir in pasta to shrimp/spinach mixture, let sit for 1-2 minutes so pasta can soak up sauce and warm up.

Serve immediately

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